“Dear Bloggers: You sucked. An embryonic stem cell could have covered the Convention better than you. But, you make me look smart, so thanks for that, you wankers”
Cybertourists in Boston
July 30, 2004, 4:00 AM PT
By Charles Cooper
Professional politicians aren’t famous for being early to embrace new technology. So when the Democrats extended credentials to bloggers to cover the party’s national convention in Boston, I was left pleasantly stunned.
With all the pageantry and the circus-like atmospherics that make up an American political convention, you couldn’t ask for a better backdrop to show off blogging’s potential. In full view of the rest of the journalistic world, here would be the most welcome–albeit belated–recognition yet by the establishment that the media landscape is changing before our eyes.
With a few exceptions, most of the credentialed bloggers came off like cyberhayseeds in the big city.
All the more disappointing, then, to report back that blogging blew its big chance in Beantown.
With a few exceptions, most of the credentialed bloggers came off like cyberhayseeds in the big city. Many dared for the painfully obvious as they updated their posts. Most of the blogging entries I have read ranged from the insufferably pedantic to the sublimely mediocre. There were exceptions, of course, but the see-me, hear-me tenor of their reporting was only exceeded by the vapidity of the banal commentaries peddled as analyses.
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